almanac

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Old French almanach, from Medieval Latin almanachus, from Andalusian Arabic [script needed] ‎(almanak, almanac, calendar), from Arabic الْمُنَاخ ‎(al-munāḵ, climate) or Late Ancient Greek ἀλμενιχιακά ‎(almenikhiaká, calendar), probably ultimately of Coptic origin. Possibly the central syllable -man- is cognate with moon and month, or else was influenced by Proto-Indo-European *mens- ‎(moon, month), from Proto-Indo-European base *me- (to measure).

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almanac ‎(plural almanacs)

  1. (astronomy, navigation) A book or table listing nautical, astronomical, astrological or other events for the year; sometimes, but not essentially, containing historical and statistical information.
  2. A handbook, typically published annually, containing information on a particular subject

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